Important Things

I declare before you that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.

Queen Elizabeth II from a speech on her twenty-first birthday delivered on radio from Cape Town.

Queen Elizabeth was born on this day in 1926.

Happy 95th Birthday, Your Majesty.

You can only imagine that Queen Elizabeth did not relish spending her 95th birthday alone, when more than 70 of those birthdays were shared with the love of her life, Prince Philip, whom she and the world said goodbye to on Saturday.

It’s been a rough week.

A rough week here in the US as well. Tensions mounted as the verdict in the trail of Derrick Chauvin came down yesterday, guilty on all three counts.

I don’t want to write about that. Many will. Many already have.

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Let’s just work at being nicer to one another okay?

My friend Shaun said it far better than I could: Accept the Verdict.

Let the people of goodwill prevail today. Then let’s talk, because in an era of Twitter and Facebook and facemasks? We could use a lot more one-on-one real talk today between folks whose differences may seem sharp online, but dissolve over a beer (or coffee).

Amen to that.

It’s Wednesday and we’re heading out of town tomorrow for a family funeral. A beloved uncle on my wife’s side passed earlier this year. Thanks to COVID, the family is now able to have a graveside service.

So, let’s remember the important things.

That’s it. That’s all I have to say.

And that’s enough.

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Actress, and singer Patti LuPone was born on this day in 1949.



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The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

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